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A Trafford charity worker joined a group of inspirational Baton Bearers when the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay visited the North West recently.

The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay is a journey which brings together and celebrates communities in every corner of the Commonwealth ahead of the Games in Birmingham later this month.

The relay has been visiting towns and cities throughout the region and started last October and has since visited 71 commonwealth nations  the Relay officially ends at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022., Ruth Lancey from Partington lifted the baton at an event at the Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich, where she was joined by 100 VIPs from throughout Cheshire.

Ruth was chosen to be a Baton Bearer thanks to her tireless work in setting up support services for the residents of Partington during the pandemic, which included being instrumental in opening The Hope Centre, a community hub and shop which she established along with Trafford Housing Trust and Your Housing Group. 

Ruth said: “It was a real honour to be chosen as a Baton Bearer – the day was great, well attended and a fabulous experience.  I’m really grateful to the Games organisers for recognising the work myself and my wonderful colleagues are doing in Trafford, and particularly at The Hope Centre, which has become a really valuable community asset.”

Throughout the pandemic and beyond The Hope Centre and other hubs throughout Trafford have supported and coordinated the community’s response, distributing food shopping, food parcels, hot meals and packed lunches, as well as collecting prescriptions, making wellbeing calls and much more.